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Hamas member charged in thwarted terror attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A member of Hamas was charged in a thwarted terrorist attack and kidnapping of an Israeli soldier near Eilat.

The Shin Bet security agency arrested Muhammad abu-Adarah, 20, last month, it was learned Wednesday after a gag order was lifted on the case, when he tried to infiltrate Israel from Gaza.

Abu-Adarah was indicted Monday in Beersheba District Court on charges stemming from plans to initiate an attack on Israel through Sinai. He reportedly was to fire rockets on the Eilat area while other operatives were to kidnap an Israeli soldier and sneak a terrorist cell into the area.  

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